2017 Hunting Boar on Public lands in California or Pig Hunting on Private Ranches - see our Hunting Maps

2017 Hunting Maps for Hunting Boar on Public lands in California or Pig Hunting on Private Ranches 


Public Land and Private pig: for year-round big game hunting boar in California, use our free pig hunting maps! We discuss wild pig habits in detail below, and our other posts.

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When you're hunting for California's best opportunity for big game, you'll need to look to private property or  hunting public lands. Hunter success in the national forests, on BLM lands and in other public access locations means you will have cover a lot of ground by foot.
We try here to  narrow this  down for you, we have lots of private and public info on some hunting maps below....
Also a list of California hunting and fishing  maps of hunting clubs, hunting ranches, and private fishing.
 We give you info below on how find pigs by knowing their habits and behavior. Our other blogs show you how to track, what gun to use, and how to clean and butcher your boar.

California hunting clubs, hunting ranches, public and even private fishing, where to hunt pigs in California 


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Use the numbers above to match County in table below, and click on it!
Click on a county for Hunting Clubs & Private Ranches:
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  Click on a county for OREGON Hunting Clubs & Private Ranches:
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Where to Hunt and how to Hunt Pigs in California :

PRESSURE POINTS: California's Wild pigs are smart; some claim their intelligence level is greater than dogs. Their hearing is excellent, and so is their sense of smell. On public lands, it doesn't take too many pig hunters on a given parcel to push the pigs off the turf. They'll hear you coming (if they're not making a lot of noise themselves), or maybe they'll smell you. Either way, wild pig habits won't let them hang around long when they feel threatened, and with boar hunters visiting public lands every week, the odds drop dramatically.
On private lands, boar won't get the same pressure,  so that the game doesn't get nervous  or wise to a hunter's presence.

Habits:
FOOD & WATER: Water and food are the key ingredients to keeping the pigs in the area and on private ranches the resources are plentiful. Pig will chow down when forage in public lands becomes scarce. Water is even more more important, and with ranch owners installing small dams through the dry season, the pigs will stay close...
Where to find Pigs:
California's National Forests or hike-in only BLM parcels make it tough to hunt as broadly as you need to for far-ranging wild pig. You'll have to tackle much of this on foot, and when you do manage to drop a big pig, you'll have a huge task and multiple trips to pack the pork out. Look for a hunting map from us for this area soon....
 On the private stuff, access is easier, and you can cover miles in the comfort of a vehicle. Loading up your bacon is also a lot easier, since you can get your vehicle much closer to a downed animal.
How to hunt Pigs:
HUNT STYLES: There are three basic styles of hunting used by California pig hunters: spot-and-stalk, hunting from a stand, and using dogs. Stand hunting is profitable early and late in the day, when the pig will head for watering holes for a sip or to wallow.
On private lands in California, the guides or owners know where the pigs will water, and setting up on a hole is easy. Dogs are used by some; this is primarily a tactic used during the heat of day when the porkers are bedded down. Dogs will sniff 'em out and flush 'em out, giving you a chance at a shot.
Spot-and-stalk is most common, and this style is the most rewarding. Often the animals will be spotted from the vehicle, allowing you to stalk your game for the best shooting set-up.
NOT HOPELESS: While hunting private lands with or without a guide is absolutely the most efficient way to get your pig, public land hunts aren't hopeless.


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The Best Type of Guns for Pig Hunting in California, plus Info on Hunting Ranches and Public Lands

What is the best pig rifle or pistol?

If you need  maps and info on California Public Land Pig Hunting, Clubs, and Ranches and how to hunt and butcher a hog, see our posts to the right.  Always free with no strings attached to help preserve our Outdoor Heritage.In this post you can also click on a County for California or Oregon Hunting or fishing on Public Lands, Hunting Clubs and Private Hunting Ranches.
Read about best Guns then click other links for Maps, etc. 

      Big Pig Map  | How to Hunt | Best Guns  | 5 SoCal Maps |  How to Gut, etc.

 Click links above Pig Maps, Weapons, how to find, track, clean and butcher Pigs 

The Best Type of Guns for Hog Hunting

Choosing the right gun is always important when you're dealing with dangerous game like wild pigs. The following choices are based on that premise,  we believe these offer the best in terms of value and performance.
Our criteria  includes fast action and heavy enough caliber to stop a charging pig.

We have not  included many bolt action rifles (except for one because it's cheap). We believe a novice hunter might not to be able to get off a second shot fast enough while fumbling around with the bolt action.

 I  know a lot you shooters out there like the SWAT looking rifles  but most of those are in .223 caliber/ NATO 5.56 caliber.
 I don't consider that sufficient enough to stop a large pig as these calibers were originally designed to do  tissue damage than for stopping power.
You can thank the genius thinking of the US government during the Vietnam War for that kind of  application. A wounded soldier causes more confusion and havoc within his outfit than a dead one does, is the basic idea. The original round was even designed to tumble through the flesh  to inflict maximum tissue damage, but it's very light without a lot of shock or stopping power.
But we did find AR that is a .30 caliber semiautomatic assault type weapon that looks cool, shoots fast but uses a heavy round.

Lever Action Rifles - best for the new hunter or shooter
There's a lot of . 30 caliber lever actions out there, but we like the .444 for its longer-range  and heavier brush busting bullet. We think a lever action is the safest and most effective type of action for a new hunter.
You can keep your eye on the target with your gun on your shoulder while working the action with this gun. The lever action is also more reliable than a semiautomatic action.

Marlin Model 1895 .444
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The .444 in the Marlin 1895. This round was developed in this model 40 years ago. It has a maximum range to 250 yards.
If you hunt in the brush, this cartridge has a large enough projectile that won't be affected by small twigs and brush.

Semiautomatic Assault Type Rifle
Just aim and pull the trigger, as fast as you want.  But like we mentioned, we only found one that has a heavy enough caliber for pigs. The .223 caliber found in most AR are not sufficient.
Advanced Armament Corp. 300 BLK
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AAC company  not only made the gun that they made the caliber. It is in essence the same as the .30 caliber in size and weight.  It comes with a five round capacity magazine to keep you legal for hunting. Check your state on to how large a capacity magazine you can have for home defense and target shooting

Update:  Smith & Wesson now also offers a AR rifle to fire both 300 and 300AAC BLK offerings.

These AR are good to 200 yards with good stopping power.
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Manufacturer: Advanced Armament Corp.
Bolt  Action Rifles -
Even experienced shooters look a little clumsy working the action rapidly.  It may not be your best bet in a nerve-racking situation. But this is offset by extreme reliability in a wet and sloppy conditions especially. Also the choice of calibers is much broader.
We offer one here because it's hundreds of dollars cheaper than the more fancy guns.

Savage 11/111 Hog Hunter

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Savage 11/111 Hog Hunter .338 Winchester

 Savage Arms introduced the bolt action Hog Hunter a few years back. they kept the length of the barrel short at 20 inches,  and it has the plastic roughed up surface for a stock and forearm. So it's great for the brush and hanging on in rough places in the wet. And very durable.

It has a capacity of four rounds and comes in .223 Remington, .308 Winchester, and .338 Winchester.

 Savage Hog Hunter is around  $500, this no  frills weapon is also a lot cheaper than other bolt actions by other manufacturers.
Manufacturer: Savage Arms
Pistols
We like two pistols here, one as a backup for an archer or if you're hunting with dogs to place a finishing shot. The  other you can use for still hunting or hunting from a blind.
 Glock 30 in .45 ACP
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Hog hunters using dogs are confronted with situations where the shooting is close in and very hectic. 
A Glock 30 sub-compact in .45 ACP works well.  This is a heavy projectile for one shot kill.  This is a good backup weapon for archers too.
WARNING: Note the trigger has a small secondary protrusion. This is the equivalent of a safety, and I personally detest this innovation. Too easy to grab it or catch it on something and have it go off versus a old style safety.
I believe that deceased mother when shot in Walmart by her toddler (sitting in the shopping cart with access to her purse and weapon) was using a Glock.
Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum
a reccomended pistol for hunting boar in california
If you are interested in pig hunting with a pistol  you need at least a .357 magnum. The bigger .44
magnum rounds fired from a longer barrel gives you greater accuracy than the smaller Glock.
 If a pig is considering getting a piece of you, make sure you say "Go ahead and make my day" as soon as possible. Dirty Harry would be proud.
Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Click on a county for OREGON or CALIFORNIA Hunting Clubs & Private Ranches:

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County by County look at California and Oregon Hunting and Fishing Public Lands and Private Ranches and Clubs

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Hey!  Here are links to our home pages to Free Hunting and fishing Maps site and to our County by County Public Lands, Hunting Clubs, and Private Ranch fishing and hunting info.:
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